Currency

From top to bottom : copper, silver, aureate, electrum, and platinum pieces.

Currency

Rules Information

1st Edition Statistics[1]

Value

1 platinum = 1 pp
  = 5 gp
  = 10 ep
  = 100 sp
  = 1000 cp

2nd Edition Statistics[2][3][4]

Value

1 platinum = 1 pp
  = 5 gp
  = 10 ep
  = 50 sp
  = 500 cp

3rd Edition Statistics[5][6][7]

Value

1 platinum = 1 pp
  = 10 gp
  = 100 sp
  = 1000 cp

4th Edition Statistics[8]

Value

1 platinum = 1 pp
  = 10 gp
  = 100 sp
  = 1000 cp

5th Edition Statistics[9][10]

Value

1 platinum = 1 pp
  = 10 gp
  = 20 ep
  = 100 sp
  = 1000 cp

Currency referred to the rehearse of using items with a slightly universal measure, namely cherished metals, gems, and some minerals to determine wealth and in trade for goods and services. The most coarse forms of currency in casual transactions among sentient beings of the Realms were coins ( or “ pieces ” ). normally, most coins were made of gold, eloquent, and bull. Less frequently, coins made of platinum, electrum, and even iron were besides found. In all cases, the standard for measuring wealth was the gold while, even if neither gold nor coins were involved in a transaction. [ 10 ] [ 9 ] A standard amber while ( general practitioner ) weighed 0.32 ounces ( 9.1 grams ), sol 50 coins weighed about 1 impound ( 450 grams ). [ 10 ] Each part was typically a flat disk 1 1⁄4 or 1.25 inches ( 3.18 centimeters ) in diameter and 1⁄8 or 0.125 inches ( 3.18 millimeters ) midst. [ 5 ] [ notice 1 ] The penalty for counterfeiting was death in most places, since cities, kingdoms, and nations relied on the adoption and trust of their currentness. [ 1 ] When big sums were involved, it was common for traders to use barter bars, which were valued by weight, alternatively of coins. [ 11 ]

Reading: Currency

standard Exchange Rates

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The everyday currency of the Realms consisted chiefly of coins and trade bars. With few exceptions, the standard currentness adopted throughout the Realms made function of platinum, gold, electrum, silver, and copper pieces of equal value, so they could be used interchangeably across different regions, american samoa well as deal bars of standardize weights with fix conversion rates. [ 11 ] [ 8 ] The exchange rates between coins of different materials has changed through history, but their relative measure across regions remained by and large unaltered. [ 1 ]
By the year of the Prince, standard exchange rates were the come : [ 1 ] [ note 2 ]

1 platinum piece = 1 platinum
  = 5 gold
  = 10 electrum
  = 100 silver
  = 1000 copper

In that time period, silver and electrum trade bars were available in 10, 25 and 50 general practitioner denominations. [ 1 ]
During the Time of Troubles, platinum and gold ( and consequently electrum ) saw a decrease in value with obedience to other metals. Around this fourth dimension, standard exchange rates across the Realms were : [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ note 3 ]

1 platinum piece = 1 platinum
  = 5 gold
  = 10 electrum
  = 50 silver
  = 500 copper

platinum coins were called tricrowns, plats, or pearls ( in particular the southern versions, which were formally named roldons ). [ 4 ] In this clock time menstruation, silver and electrum barter bars in the 10, 25 and 50 general practitioner denominations were however available, ampere well as bars valued in 500 and 1,000 general practitioner. Trade bars from merchants were flimsy silver bars marked at one end with the value, and the other end had the symbol of the deal institution or coster which created it. An increasing total of these bars bore the batch mark of Baldur ‘s Gate. [ 4 ] Trade bars were always checked by weight. [ 3 ] Trade bars of the Iron Throne trade group were not honored by early trading organizations because this group was considered disreputable. Broken trade wind bars had no rate, but most merchants would continue to honor the trade bars of defunct institutions. [ 4 ]
By the year of Wild Magic, the measure of platinum increased and electrum pieces fell in neglect, no longer being normally found arsenic much as other coins. Around this time, standard exchange rates across the Realms were : [ 5 ] [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ note 4 ]

1 platinum piece = 1 platinum
  = 10 gold
  = 100 silver
  = 1000 copper

During this period, Baldur ‘s Gate had consolidated the craft bar standards. This clock time period besides saw the appearance of trade bars made of several unlike metals, including gold ( although those were still rare at the time ) and iron ( although its value was not standardized outside of Mirabar ). Trade bars were most normally found in weights of 1 pound ( 0.45 kilogram ), 2 pound ( 0.91 kilogram ), 5 pound ( 2.3 kilogram ), and 10 pound ( 4.5 kilogram ). standard values were the postdate : a 1‑pound ( 0.45‑kilogram ) silver medal bar was worth 5 general practitioner and a 1‑pound ( 0.45‑kilogram ) gold bar was worth 50 general practitioner. [ 5 ]
During the Spellplague, the proportional value of coins remained unaltered. Around this clock, standard exchange rates across the Realms were : [ 8 ] [ note 5 ]

1 platinum piece = 1 platinum
  = 10 gold
  = 100 silver
  = 1000 copper

During this period, deal bars made of gold became increasingly more coarse and supplant flatware as the weight standard for that form of currency. A one-pound gold trade browning automatic rifle retained its prize of 50 general practitioner. [ 8 ]
After the Second Sundering, electrum pieces reappeared and were once again seen in trade. The relative values of other coins had remained unchanged for over a hundred. Around this time, standard change rates across the Realms were : [ 9 ] [ 10 ] [ note 6 ]

1 platinum piece = 1 platinum
  = 10 gold
  = 20 electrum
  = 100 silver
  = 1000 copper

During this period, silver once again became the standard for craft bar currentness. Most common trade bars of this period weighed 5 pounds ( 2.3 kilograms ), measuring 6 in ( 15 centimeter ) by 2 in ( 5.1 centimeter ) by 1 in ( 2.5 centimeter ) and valued at 25 general practitioner. [ 9 ] Trade bars of other materials besides existed. A gold bar weighing 1 pound ( 450 grams ) was worth 50 general practitioner ; the lapp slant of bull was worth 5 sp ; 1 cypriot pound ( 450 grams ) of silver medal was worth 5 general practitioner ; and a 1‑pound ( 450‑gram ) bar of platinum was worth 500 general practitioner. [ 12 ]

neologism Throughout the Realms

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about every major city state and nation in Faerûn had their own denominations and minted their own currency. not all cities minted every type of coin, however. [ 9 ] The postdate sections specify the names of the most widely used and accept currencies across Faerûn and other locations on Toril. Their exchange rates were the standard ones depending on the meter period ( see previous section ), except where noted .

Amn

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Main article:

Coinage in Amn

Amnian -minted denominations were the comply : [ 4 ] [ 9 ]

  • platinum piece: ” roldon”
  • gold piece: “danter”
  • electrum piece: ” centaur”
  • silver piece: ” taran”
  • copper piece: ” fander”

Calimshan

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Main article:

Coinage in Calimshan

Calishite -minted denominations were the following : [ 3 ] [ 4 ]

  • platinum piece: ” kilarche”
  • gold piece: ” bicenta”
  • electrum piece: “centarche” (as of 1357 DR), ” tazo” and “zonth” (as of 1367 DR)
  • silver piece: ” decarche” (starting from 1357 DR), ” espedrille”, and ” loss worm” (as of 1367 DR)
  • copper piece: “unarche” (starting from 1357 DR), ” rada”, “niften”, and ” wrench” (as of 1367 DR)

Of particular note was the silver-piece-valued ochre-tinted red worm of Memnon. red worms were cast from silver and then coated with a dye. Old coins with the dye worn off were called “ skinned worms ”. [ 4 ]

Chessenta

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When this nation was a idle confederation of city-states, most had their own currency. In the year of the Fallen Friends, 1399 DR, the war hero Ishual Karanok unified the currency into one fit of coins : [ 13 ]

1 bebolt = 1 “bolt”
  = 4 authokh
  = 20 gold ” drakes”
  = 200 silver ” talents”
  = 1000 bronze “bits”

The bronze “ bit ” was equivalent to two copper pieces elsewhere. [ 13 ]

Cormyr

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Since at least 1357 DR, the royal neologism of Cormyr was stamped with a dragon on the obverse and a treasury date commemorate on the reverse. [ 1 ] By 1489 DR, this custom hush endured. [ 11 ] Cormyrian -minted denominations were the follow : [ 1 ] [ 4 ] [ 9 ]

  • platinum piece: ” tricrown”
  • gold piece: “lion”
  • electrum piece: ” blue eye”
  • silver piece: ” falcon”
  • copper piece: ” thumb”

Although gold coins, the most common coin used by adventurers, were frequently called golden lions throughout the Realms, only the Cormyrian coins were actually stamped with the number of a lion. [ 4 ]

Impiltur

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When the kingdom of Impiltur was reunified after its Kingless years King Lashilmbrar introduced a standardize currency that replaced those individually minted by the city-states of Lyrabar, Hlammach, Dilpur and Sarshel. [ 14 ]

  • platinum piece:” torntar”
  • gold piece: ” balan”
  • silver piece: ” halanth”
  • copper piece: ” sardil”

Lantan

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Trade bars from Lantan were flat envelope-shaped bars of work steel marked with the great bicycle of Gond. They were worth 20 general practitioner each and used primarily along the Sword Coast. [ 4 ]

Maztica

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The main currentness of the stallion Maztican continent were cocoa beans ( abbreviated “ cb ” ). They could be exchanged for coin accepted in the Sword Coast at spice shops. [ 15 ]

1 gold piece = 100 cocoa beans

Mirabar

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Trade bars from ( Mirabar ) were made of black iron and shaped like rectangular spindels (sic). They were worth 10 general practitioner in Mirabar and 5 general practitioner in the perch of the Realms. [ 4 ]

Sembia

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Main article:

Coinage in Sembia

Sembia produced no platinum coins but promptly accepted those of early nations. By the Time of Troubles, Sembian -minted coins were the follow : [ 4 ]

  • gold piece: “noble”
  • electrum piece: ” blue eye”
  • silver piece: ” clear the throat” (“raven” as of 1372 DR)
  • iron “steelpence”, valued at 1 copper piece

Sembian silver peddle and ravens were trilateral in condition and electrum blue eyes were diamond-shaped. Cormyrian falcons and Sembian peddle were used interchangeably. Sembian amber coin designs varied from year to year but were always a distinguishing five-sided human body. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] The square-shaped steelpence was introduced by the Sembian government to replace the argent piece, but it was overproduced and its measure had since dropped to 1 cp. It remained in circulation as of 1489 DR. The common foreign copper pieces were besides accepted throughout the city. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 9 ] By 1372 DR, Sembia no longer minted electrum bluing eyes. Its feature triangular eloquent pieces were called “ hawk ” during this period. [ 5 ] After the Second Sundering, Sembia resumed minting blasphemous eyes and calling their trilateral flatware pieces “ hawks ”. [ 9 ] Trade bars from Sembia were ingot-shaped argent bars dotted with copper and the Sembian symbol. They were considered “ face respect ” and, besides the usual 10, 25, and 50 general practitioner denominations of this period, barter bars valued 5 general practitioner could besides be found. [ 4 ]

Shaar

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Shaar Rings were made of slit and bored ivory and hang on long strings by the plainsmen of Shaar. Rings were found in bundles, and each ring was worth 3 general practitioner each. [ 4 ]

Shou Lung

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Shou Lung copper was any bull coin which was not immediately recognizable, and therefore declared to come from the mystic East and given a prize of 1 cp. only a small total of these coins actually came from Shou Lung, or any of the Kara-Tur nations, but the name adhere. Shou Lung silver was like : any unknown or badly break flatware mint given a respect of 1 sp. [ 5 ] Trade bars from Shou Lung were slender bars of ash grey, decidedly oriental in origin, that had made their way to the West. Shou Lung trade wind bars were worth about 40 gp each. [ 4 ]

Silverymoon

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Main article: Coinage in Silverymoon

Silvaeren -minted coins were the play along : [ 9 ]

  • platinum piece: ” unicorn”
  • gold piece: “dragon”
  • electrum piece: ” sword”
  • silver piece: ” harbor”
  • copper piece: ” glance”

In addition to these coins, Silverymoon besides minted the crescent electrum “ moon “, whose value increased substantially over clock time, but was constantly worth less outside of the Silver Marches. During the Time of Troubles one moon was worth 2 ep in the Silver Marches and 1 ep elsewhere. [ 4 ] [ 16 ] By 1372 DR, it was valued at 2 general practitioner within the Silver Marches. [ 17 ] After the Second Sundering, the moon was valued at 2 unicorns ( or 1 unicorn outside of Silverymoon ). During this same menstruation, Silverymoon besides minted the attack “ eclipsed moon ”, rated at 5 unicorns in Silverymoon and 2 unicorns elsewhere. [ 9 ] [ note 7 ]

Tethyr

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Main article:

Coinage in Tethyr

due to agitation in Tethyr during the Interregnum period, Tethyan gulders, moelans, myrats, and zonths were only worth between 60 % and 90 % of their usual value. [ 4 ] Tethyr made use of two-gold-piece coins called “ brakar ”. They besides produced deal rings in 20-, 50-, and 100-gold-piece weights. [ 18 ]

Vaasa

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The Warlock Knights of Vaasa minted coinage in the late fifteenth hundred DR. Coins were made using alloys of the traditional metals with ironfell, and were the follow : [ 19 ]

  • gold piece: ” anvil”
  • silver piece: ” dirk”
  • copper piece: ” kernel”

Platinum was not minted into coins, but was exchanged in narrow-minded ingots worth 50 gold anvils each. [ 19 ]

Waterdeep

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Main article:

Coinage in Waterdeep

Waterdhavian -minted coins were the following : [ 20 ] [ 9 ]

  • platinum piece: “sun”
  • gold piece: “dragons”
  • electrum piece: ” sambar”
  • silver piece: “shard”
  • copper piece: “nib”

Like Silverymoon, Waterdeep besides minted two special coins. The feather brass “ toal “, or “ taol ” ( either name was adjust ), [ 21 ] was worth 2 dragons, but had no value elsewhere, [ 4 ] [ 20 ] [ 9 ] so they were normally exchanged when one left the city. The palm-sized crescent platinum “ seaport daydream “, inset with electrum, was rated 50 dragons in the city, but much less everywhere else. During the Time of Troubles a harbor moon was worth alone 2 general practitioner outside of Waterdeep, [ 4 ] but this value increased to 30 dragons after the second Sundering. Both coins had holes to allow them to be stacked in strings. [ 9 ]

Windrise Ports

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Main article:

Coinage in the Windrise Ports

Coins minted in the Windrise Ports were : [ 22 ] [ 23 ]

  • platinum piece: ” magnificence”
  • gold piece: ” crown”
  • electrum piece: ” haebur”
  • silver piece: ” talond”
  • copper piece: ” haeth”

All the cities of the Windrise Ports minted their coins as necessity dictated, and the coins were stamped with the distinctive rune and the civic motto of their city of lineage. [ 24 ] They were scrupulously made of “ pure ” alloy and had a uniform size, allowing them to retain their value in places outside the Windrise Ports. [ 25 ] In the late years of the fifteenth hundred DR, the trade wind bars from the Windrise Ports were made of electrum preferably than silver medal, as their ash grey trade bars became unpopular because they tarnished besides cursorily. [ 26 ] [ 27 ]

Zakhara

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Zakharan -minted coins were the follow : [ 28 ]

  • gold piece: “dinar”
  • silver piece: “dirham”
  • copper piece: “bit”

Zhentil Keep

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rather of referring to the coins by their substantial, most people would call them by their original government-issued name, except for the ones minted at Zhentil Keep, which had unflattering nickname given to them by Zhents. [ 9 ] Zhentil Keep minted the succeed coins : [ 9 ]

  • platinum piece: ” platinum glory”, popularly known as “flat metal gem”
  • gold piece: “glory”, popularly known as “weeping wolf”
  • electrum piece: ” tarenth”, popularly known as “hardhammer”
  • silver piece: “talon”, or “naal”, popularly known as “flea-bit”
  • copper piece: “fang”, popularly known as “dung-piece”.

other Forms of Currency

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Gems

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Gems were even rarer than metals and required great skill in mine, cutting, and polishing. Gems had bang-up value because people desired them for their beauty and frequently wore them in jewelry. The arcane Arts besides required certain gems as spell components, which increased their curio even more, as they were consumed in the casting of brawny spells. [ 29 ]

Pearls

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Certain submerged races used pearls as currency preferably than coins. The value of this currency changed according to respective factors : the size of the bone, measured from a standard of 0.25 inches ( 6.4 millimeters ) ; its curio ; and timbre. In the Sea of Fallen Stars, the value of a pearl was determined by its semblance : [ 5 ]

  • white pearl, or “seyar”: 1 cp undersea and 2 sp ashore;[5]
  • yellow pearl, or “hayar”: 1 sp undersea and 2 gp ashore;[5]
  • green pearl, or “tayar”: 1 gp undersea and 20 gp on land;[5]
  • blue pearl, or “nuyar”: 5 gp undersea and 100 gp on land;[5]
  • olive pearl, or “olmar”, 7 inches (18 centimeters) long, 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) wide, and diamond-shaped: 500 gp undersea and over 2,000 gp ashore.[5]

Gond Bells

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Gond bells were introduced by the Lantanese and used in regions of the North, in particular in trade wind between worshipers of Gond. The small brass bells enclosed a free ornamental stone which caused it to clatter. Each was worth 10 general practitioner on the unfold market or 20 general practitioner if traded to a church of Gond. [ 4 ] [ 20 ]

Tharsult Statues

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Tharsult Statues were small art objects used in trade. They were made of bone, adulteress, or serpentine and were used as neologism in that region. Most of these that reached the North were treated as curios and were worth around 15 general practitioner. In their native land they were worth about 5 gp each. [ 4 ]

Paper Currency

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mercenary Cards were small cards of parchment about the size of a Talis card, marked on one english with the symbol of a detail mercenary company. The reverse was normally a handwritten scribble from the parade ‘s paymaster authorizing requital. These became currency by being found in boodle caches, won in poster games, or stolen from the unwary. [ 4 ]

blood notes were scrolls, letters, or other carvings representing I.O.U.s and promissory notes from the listed person ( s ) to the holder of the note. They were thus called because they must be signed in rake by all parties involved and taken to the local Lord for the append of the royal varnish. [ 1 ] Blood notes could be offered by individuals, adventuring companies, or countries and cities to cover debts. In common use the debtor was legally obligated to pay when the eminence was presented. Blood notes from deceased individuals were not binding. [ 4 ] Bela was paper money used by savage tribes to the east in Kara-Tur. In westerly Realms it was worthless and occasionally offered as an insult. [ 4 ] A Letter of Trade was similar to a Blood note and called for a rescue of a particular token or items to the bearer .

appendix

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Notes

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veranda

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Waterdhavian currency

References

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